Magee in Position For WBA Crown With Balzsay Injury

By Phil D Jay

Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25KOs) will fight for the vacant WBA "regular" super middleweight belt in the fall after the now former champion Karoly Balzsay pulled out of their scheduled contest with a back injury.

Magee’s team held all the cards for the bout after winning the purse bid and will now be able to pick and choose an opponent from the WBA’s top 15 contenders at 168lbs for the title bid, which could now happen in Belfast this October.

“We are in a great position and we will have to wait and see what happens,” Pat Magee, the 37 year-old’s promoter told The Belfast Newsletter.

“We could either go for a big fight against one of the top guys in the division, or we could aim lower down.

“The great thing is that we are in pole position and we hope to have the fight in October on a date and venue to be decided.

“We want the fight as soon as possible, because Brian has been in training for a while now.”

The southpaw, who previously held the IBO title between 2001 and 2004, has impressed with recent victories over Jaime Barboza and Rudy Markussen and will be favourite to pick up the title having already secured home advantage.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 08-06-2012

yes! georgey groves would learn alot from the trekky and it would be a good technical fight until groves just walks straight through him. brian deserves something in the way of a shot but, just looks too soft at times.…

Comment by gingeralbino on 08-05-2012

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;12403026]My bet is that the danekiller returns to Denmark trying to finish off the last guy remaining on the team Denmark rister.[/QUOTE] I'd like the chance to see Magee win a strap, so Kessler can wait for his beating (unless…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 08-05-2012

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;12402997]couldnt agree more. Hopefully i can get to it. Would love to see Magee get a strap, and Groves would be a nice fight to watch[/QUOTE] My bet is that the danekiller returns to Denmark trying to finish off the…

Comment by gingeralbino on 08-05-2012

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;12400801]Love to see Magee cap off his run with a world title, even though it's not exactly legit.[/QUOTE] couldnt agree more. Hopefully i can get to it. Would love to see Magee get a strap, and Groves would be a…

Comment by Freedom. on 08-05-2012

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;12400787]Andre Ward is the real WBA champion @ 168lb. Maybe Magee & Oosthuizen could box off for this regular belt & have it double up as a final eliminator to fight him.[/QUOTE] Good idea - Magee vs. Oosthuizen would…

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